Seattle midfielder Megan Rapinoe, she of the hat trick during the Reign’s 5-1 win over Western New York on Sunday, has been named the first National Women’s Soccer League Player of the Week of the new season, the league announced Wednesday.
Rapinoe netted her first goal in the 70th minute of the game against the Flash at Memorial Stadium, adding a second four minutes later. She completed her first-career NWSL hat trick in the 86th minute on a give-and-go with Jess Fishlock.
This is Rapinoe’s second Player of the Week honor and first since late in the 2013 season.
Seattle returns to action this Saturday at the Chicago Red Stars.